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On Wednesday, 22nd June, Organic Beef and Direct Selling farmer Clive Bright, Ardsallagh, Ballymote, Co. Sligo hosted a Teagasc Organic Farm Walk to which anyone with an interest in the organic sector was invited.  

Clive Bright, along with his wife Shelley, and children Ted and Emily, farm 58Ha of land in Ardsallagh, Ballymote, Co. Sligo. Cattle are taken from suckling to finishing with all the pasture finished cattle being sold directly as beef to the consumer under Clive’s own brand “Rare Ruminare” www.rareruminare.com

Clive started farming in 2003 when his mother Joyce retired. Having farmed conventionally for 10 years, Clive felt that that synthetic fertiliser wasn’t doing his soil any good but also that the farm was struggling to return a profit.

Clive is also an accomplished artist and during the period 2003 – 2010, he had solo shows of his paintings in galleries nationwide and in exhibitions internationally. This was Clive’s primary source of income until the crash in the late noughties, although he is still a practising artist, during this time Clive shifted his focus to the farm to provide a full time income and in 2013, Clive made the decision to convert the farm to organics and to embark on the journey of direct selling beef to the consumer.

Topics discussed at the farm walk included:

  • Suckler Enterprise
  • Holistic Planned Grazing
  • Livestock Health in Organic Farming
  • Agroforestry
  • Direct Selling
  • Financial Performance
  • Organic Animal Housing Standards
  • Organic Certification in Ireland

Find out more about Clive Bright here or check out the booklet from the farm walk here

For more information about the Teagasc Organics Programme please visit www.teagasc.ie/organics 

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